The billboard is straight out of the conservative strongarm playbook
Silicon Valley billionaires and their conservative pals seem to be restless, especially about the possibility that the minimum wage might be raised to $15 per hour in the Bay Area.
Its message — that minimum wage increases will lead to service workers being replaced by apps — is continued on an accompanying website — BadIdeaCA — which claims to be “holding activists accountable for minimum wage consequences.”
So who the hell pays for billboards threatening waitstaff with redundancy if they demand a living wage? A bit of digging and clicking reveals that the campaign is backed byEmployment Policies Institute, the conservative lobbying group which regularly campaigns on behalf of the restaurant industry.
Followers of Pando’s Techtopus might remember the Institute for one of its key advisers, Kevin Murphy, aka “the man Silicon Valley’s CEOs turn to when they want to justify screwing workers“. As Mark Ames explained back in February…
Oh yes, indeed. It was immediately recognizable as a Richard Berman production. Bullying, wingnut lies, more bullying...rinse, repeat.